I have been playing around with multiple recipes for healthy bars over the past little bit and hadn’t thought any were great enough to give myself a 10/10 rating. I mean, they weren’t bad and any one I served them to had nothing but compliments but I wasn’t sold on the recipe quite yet. One reason being is that since they were bars, they were a bit messy and when I say I bit I mean a lot. The last recipe pretty much resembled a Nature Valley granola bar and I am sure we all can admit that the only proper place to eat those, in order to not leave a not so stealth trail of crumbs behind is .. well no where. I wanted to create a recipe that had all the same yummy ingredients without the fuss and mess. So today, I present to you the recipe I do give myself a 10/10 on- simple & sweet energy balls. It’s a recipe that will take you 15 minutes maximum and is no fail, no bake and I assure you is super yum!
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 maple syrup or honey (any natural sticky sweetener)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 ground sesame seeds (can you flax as well)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup dry oatmeal
How you’ll do it:
In a microwave safe bowl, place the peanut butter and maple syrup into a bowl. Microwave for one minute until you can easily mix the two ingredients together and the texture is more liquid and smooth. Add in your vanilla and chia seeds, this step is important because it activates your chia seeds allowing you to take in all their nutrients. Add in the remaining ingredients as listed (cocoa, sesame, coconut, oatmeal). The mixture should be wet enough to be moveable and dry enough to mold. Take a tablespoon size portion of the mixture and roll it into a ball in your hands, placing on a cookie tray. Once all placed on the cookie tray, put in the fridge for at least a half an hour so they can firm up.
Shortly after I bagged them up in snack portions, they will keep for the week to have as snacks throughout (if they last that long!)
This recipe is super easy, no fail and super yum- I encourage you all to take a bang at it!